The Longhorns just needed to escape Ames with a win.
They survived — in a way the seething Cyclones might never forget.
Case McCoy scored on a 1-yard plunge with 51 seconds left and Texas rallied to beat Iowa State 31-30 on Thursday night.
McCoy threw for 244 yards for the Longhorns, (3-2, 2-0), who will head into next week’s game against Oklahoma with at least a share of first place in the Big 12.
“I’m really excited. I think I love comeback wins on the road more than anything in football,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “I just think I love them. It just says something about your toughness and your team and believing. We’re getting back something we lost. We couldn’t have done this the last couple of years.”